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The goal of this guide is to give you real data what the “must haves” of budget analyst resumes are.

To do that, we compiled and analyzed data from budget analyst resumes and 30 budget analyst job listings to get the data used for this our budget analyst resume guide. 

In addition to budget analyst-specific resume data, we built a database of nearly 1 million resumes and job listings, and we use a propriety machine learning model to understand the anatomy of the best resumes in general.

Quick note: using the data below can help you build a competitive resume, but it’s always important to be creative, unique, and personal to stand out.

If you want more info on our methodology, you can check it out here.

Budget analyst resume objective data + budget analyst objective examples

Pop quiz: do budget analyst’s really need to use an objective? 

In general, whether or not you need an objective or professional summary can depend a lot on your personal career level (check out our article on resume objectives), but this is what our analysis found for budget analyst’s specifically:

  • 33% of budget analyst’s included an objective section
  • 26% of budget analyst’s included a professional summary
  • 48% of budget analyst’s included neither an objective nor a summary

Budget analyst objective examples

A highly creative budget analyst , and a resourceful individual looking for a responsible position to gain practical experience.

A highly motivated budget analyst who aims to make use of their interpersonal skills to achieve goals of a company that focuses on customer satisfaction and customer experience.

Seeking a budget analyst position utilizing strong analytical and problem-solving skills to support financial planning and drive cost-saving initiatives

To secure a budget analyst role where my expertise in financial modeling and forecasting can contribute to informed decision-making and successful project completion

Aspiring to work as a budget analyst, leveraging my experience in financial analysis, budget preparation, and cost control to enhance organizational efficiency and financial performance

Skills for budget analyst resumes

These are the skills that occurred most frequently in in budget analyst resumes, which means they tend to be core competencies or highly desired skills. 

Of course, you should only list skills that you actually have, and you should prioritze skills most relevant to the job you're applying for. But these are good core skills to include on your resume.

To get more detail on building a powerful skills section, take a peek at our article on resume skills.

*Note: to find skills our machine learning model basically looks for common words, so take these with a grain of salt and use your best judgment. 

Most common budget analyst resume skills

Most common hard skills for budget analyst resumes: communication, problem-solving skills, sap, financial forecasts, and reconciliation.

Most common soft skills for budget analyst resumes: communication skills, customer-service skills, interpersonal skills, listening skills, and patience

Other good budget analyst resume skills

  • Economics
  • Financial planning
  • Preparing forms
  • Automated data processing
  • Aggregating information
  • Knowledge of law and regulations
  • Accounting skills
  • Data analysis
  • Project management
  • Report preparation
  • Accounting software
  • Trend analysis
  • Budgeting
  • MS Office skills
  • Mathematics
  • Computer skills

Budget analyst skills section examples

Note: these examples are formatted the same here just because it’s simple, but we have more detailed formatting advice (and examples) in our guide to resume formatting.

Budget analyst skills example 1

Economics | problem-solving skills | preparing forms | automated data processing | financial forecasts | reconciliation | aggregating information

Budget analyst skills example 2

Financial planning | communication skills | knowledge of law and regulations | customer-service skills | accounting skills | interpersonal skills | data analysis

Budget analyst skills example 3

MS Office skills | project management | patience | listening skills | accounting software | customer-service skills | trend analysis

Work experience for budget analyst resumes

Your work experience section is almost always the most important part of your resume. Because it’s difficult to pull trends from this kind of section, this section is mostly just examples. 

For some advanced strategies for writing about work experience on a resume, refer to our article on building a strong work experience resume section. We also have a guide on writing a resume with no experience if you’re just starting your career.

For now, it’s good to remember that the most important experience for any budget analyst resume is the most relevant experience.

A couple examples for you:

Budget analyst work experience examples


Sr. Associate Budget Analyst

Wayne Enterprises, 2019-2022


  • Monitor financial markets and the performance of individual securities
  • Contact prospective clients to present information and explain available services
  • Manage the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
  • Oversee the maintenance and repair of machinery, equipment, and electrical and mechanical systems
  • Address complaints regarding food quality or service


Associate Budget Analyst

Wonka Industries, 2017-2022


  • Repair or replace malfunctioning components, parts, and other mechanical or electrical equipment
  • Bathe animals, trim nails, clip hair, and attend to other grooming needs
  • Analyze cost trends in order to correct errors and provide forward guidance to maximize revenue and profit and minimize cost variances
  • Develop and control baselines and budgets
  • Analyze/modify cost estimates and re-baseline programs as the need is identified


Budget Analyst Intern

Wonka Industries, 2007-2012


  • Prepare forecasts using program resource estimates with appropriately applied rates and factors
  • Develop price/cost estimates utilizing complex pricing concepts and applications
  • Perform unique and complex accounting and analytical tasks, including account reconciliation and balance sheet analysis
  • Analyze program funding requirements and track subcontractor costs & fee
  • Track, trend, forecast and analyze subcontractor and vendor invoices

Education for budget analyst resumes

For most positions, work experience is more important than education, although it can be important for new grads or for fields in which specific classes are industry-standard. 

So it’s not a big section, but it’s still important, and often, budget analyst job postings list a minimum education requirement. 

Check out our blueprint for education on resumes for our full playbook on education sections.

Data from our sample of 933 budget analyst resumes

  • 9% budget analyst resumes listed an associate’s degree
  • 59% budget analyst resumes listed a bachelor’s degree
  • 27% budget analyst resumes included a masters degree
  • 1% budget analyst resumes mentioned a doctoral degree

Budget analyst resume education examples


Bachelor of Science

York College, 2019

Awards & Honors

  • AP Scholar
  • Valedictorian
  • Cum Laude


Associate of Arts

Alliance Medical and Health Sciences College, 2017

Certifications for budget analyst resumes

Certifications aren’t a strict requirement for every job, but there are almost always certifications you can get to boost your chances of success. 

If you want to see how to build these sections, we have a guide about certifications on resumes.

We did a little research and found certifications can help budget analyst’s specifically, according to CareerOneStop.

Budget analyst certification examples


Certified Funds Specialist

Institute of Business & Finance, 2019

Certified Income Specialist

Institute of Business & Finance, 2017


Certified Funds Specialist, Certified Income Specialist, Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist – Process Workflow & Information Management Redesign

Budget analyst resume action verbs

Using our database of nearly 1,000,000 publicly available resumes, we compiled an index of action verbs and cross-referenced it with our sample of 933 budget analyst resumes and job postings to uncover which action verbs are most commonly used by budget analyst’s and budget analyst employers.

The most common action verbs on budget analyst resumes are: program, process, assist, prepare, and manage.

The most common action verbs on budget analyst job postings are: lead, plan, review, handle, and field.

Other action verbs for budget analyst resumes: 

  • Perform
  • Develop
  • Design
  • Test
  • Direct
  • Create
  • Monitor
  • Track
  • Organize
  • Resolve

Full budget analyst resume example

Lastly, we wanted to give you a couple full budget analyst resume examples.. 

Please note: you can write a better resume than this. This is just a quick illustration to show you how these pieces might fit together. 

If you’d like to see “perfect” resumes, we have a showcase of resume examples.

Budget analyst resume example

Mary Riley
Budget Analyst

2862 Wakefield Street, Wayne, PA

To secure a budget analyst role where my expertise in financial modeling and forecasting can contribute to informed decision-making and successful project completion


Sr. Associate Budget Analyst

Wayne Enterprises, 2019-2022


  • Performs weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual financial reports and analysis, also generate various analysis reports
  • Collected and prepared expenses reports
  • In charge of Committee’s budgeting (development/preparation/submission/justification/execution)
  • Designed and produced a variety of Excel financial reports and PowerPoint slides for presentation

Associate Budget Analyst

Wonka Industries, 2017-2022


  • Created Access databases
  • Partnered with financial technology team to build and launch tools to reduce risk, increase accuracy, and fuel organizational growth
  • Managed and consolidated all financial data to provide a viable overview of the program operations to ensure availability of adequate funds coverage and to identify possible trends resulting in surplus which eliminates the possibility of shortage of funds
  • Served as a facilitator with approving officials

Budget Analyst Intern

Wonka Industries, 2007-2016


  • Consolidated financial performance results and financial/business performance recommendations
  • Experience serving as a primary expert budget facilitator ensuring the budget meets the requirements of their organization or functional areas; analyzing, consolidating, and communicating financial performance results and financial/business performance recommendations to management
  • Used automation software/hardware to perform analytical, technical, and administrative tasks required during phases of the budgetary and execution process for assigned operating budgets
  • Monitors the execution of approved budgets, to include obligations, expenditures and/or income


Personal Financial Planner

Canadian Securities Institute, 2019

Accredited Financial Analyst

American Academy of Financial Management, 2017


Economics | aggregating information | cross-functional partnership | interpersonal skills | communication skills | communication | project management


Bachelor of Science

York College, 2019

Associate of Arts

Alliance Medical and Health Sciences College, 2017

What experts say about budget analyst resumes

Before we wrap it up, we want to leave you with some advice from other experts we admire.

“You should also include a website and portfolio if you can. Make it shine as good as it can, but also give the hiring manager an option to go look at a portfolio or some examples of the work that you’ve done.” – 8 Tips for Writing a Winning Resume

“When you’re listing out your job descriptions, highlight achievements rather than duties, and if you can, back up those achievements with numbers.” – 8 Tips for Writing a Winning Resume

“So if you’re applying to a company that you know is looking for a specific skill, you want to make sure that skill is listed on your resume, provided you’re actually proficient in it.” – 8 Tips for Writing a Winning Resume

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In addition to our own expertise as professional resume consultants, for every resume guide we write, we curate dozens of recent job postings and resumes to make sure all our recommendations align with current trends for each specific industry and career path. Learn more about our methodology here. 

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Michelle Reed | Sr. Resume Advisor

Michelle Reed | Sr. Resume Advisor

Michelle has worked in recruiting & HR for 10 years and has taught resume writing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She has helped build teams at two large startups (Wyzant and, currently, Brilliant) in the last decade, which means she views hundreds of resumes per day. Michelle guides our overall resume value system, ensuring our recommendations are high-quality and effective in the current job market.

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